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Via facebook you get references to sources within Syria that documents from a country, where the violence of the regime escalates from day to day. Film people are among those who communicate on facebook and other social media from hour to hour. Here are just a couple of examples:

“What is happening in Hama…..Report of a person that escaped from it today…… I left Hama a little bit ago, heavy shelling of the city was still ongoing. It started at Sohour time (before dawn) before 06:00am using fixed machine guns (M85). The military and security forces stormed Jizdan neighborhood and Ajzeh roundabout. Four doctors that worked in Hourani hospital were killed. A christian lady was shot by a sniper today in her home. The army is conquering the entire city, even the sidelanes. I could not count or even estimate the number of martyrs, but it is a high number. Today, security forces launched a massive detention campaign and went house to house raiding the homes, even deserted houses, in the neighborhoods of Jarajmeh, Jonoub Thakaneh and Bab Qalbi. The military and security forces demolished houses and destructed them, vandalized and looted them. They arrested over 80 people from the neighborhoods of Baraziyeh and Farayeh.

Regarding the children of premature babies in Hourani hospital, unfortunately the power cuts have caused a lack of oxygen, but I do not know how many of them died. Verification of news is still a very difficult task in the city as the neighborhoods are isolated from each other. It is impossible for families to escape from the city, but young men can, with many difficulties. The food situation is going from bad to worse.”

And from Damascus suburbs: Dameer: During the Friday of “Allah is With Us” a group of security agents riding in a white pickup truck fired on two young men from Dameer who were on a motorcycle. One of the young men, Mohamad Hazeem Fathalla, died instantly. The other was shot in the leg, and when he tried to escape, the security agents chased him and shot him in the neck. The agents then placed weapons next to the corpses and contacted Al Dunia Television, which reported that two terrorists from Dameer had been captured and killed.

Photo: Hama, Syria, tank attack, from

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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